Queensland Conservatorium graduate (2000). Jazz Drums Lecturer Queensland Conservatorium (2013-present). 3rd place Audio Technology Remix Competition (2014), 3rd place Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Solo Marimba Composition Contest (2012). Finalist “Freedman Jazz Fellowship” (2011). Attendee of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada. Studied with Jim Black, Tyshawn Sorey and Jochen Rückert in New York. Studied with Simon Barker, Ken Edie, Paul Hudson, Alan Cumberland and David Montgomery in Australia. Recent work: Touring to the UK, China, Germany, South America, Japan, France and Canada with “Trichotomy” (formerly “Misinterprotato”), AMEB Percussion Syllabus Reviewer (2011-present), Topology, Collusion, Southern Cross Soloists, DVA, Solo electro/acoustic project – Oxford Parker, The Dream Catchers, Loops, Ubique Trio, Elixir, Expressions Dance Company, Isorhythmos, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Women in Voice 10-16 & 20thAnniversary, Queensland Arts Council, Opera Queensland, Festivals, Conferences and Venues include: JazzAhead (Germany) and MIDEM (France), Takasuki Street Jazz Festival – (Japan), Tokyo International Jazz Festival (Japan), Kutchan Jazz Festival (Japan), Calgary International Jazz Festival, The Queensland Music Festival and Biennial, Stradbroke Island Chamber Music Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival, Adelaide Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Out of the Box (Children’s Festival), Woodford Folk Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Canberra Jazz Festival, Castlemaine Festival of the Arts and work with James Morrison, Vince Jones, John Rodgers, Anthony Warlow, Katie Noonan, Mike Nock, Gyan, Michael Leunig, Mark Sholtez, Carita Farrer, Carl Riseley, Sean O’Boyle and Adam Lopez. A former QUT and QLD Young Conservatorium lecturer, he currently lectures in Jazz Drums at the Queensland Conservatorium and percussion at Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane. The co-founder of the online music publisher “Prepared Sounds”, John has received several commissions for percussion works and his pieces have been performed around the world.
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